CORONA VIRUS : Pingjian assures on safety of Nigerians, others in China

By John Okeke

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria , Ambassador Zhou Pingjian has assured that China Government is committed to the life of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the fight against deadly Corona virus in the country.

The envoy gave the assurance yesterday at the Embassy’s Media Briefing on Fighting 2019 n-CoV .

He said the embassy takes the issue of the virus very serious adding that the China will continue to feed the international community with information on the efforts to contain the virus .

“The Chinese Government is committed to safeguarding the safety and health of the Chinese people. We will, in a responsible manner, safeguard the safety of every foreign national in China, including the Nigerian expatriates, and address their legitimate concerns in a timely manner. We will continue to strengthen communication and coordination with the international community and work hand in hand for epidemic prevention and control.”

He said the safety and health of the people always come first, and thus the prevention and control of the outbreak is the country’s most import work for now, adding ” the Chinese government attaches great importance to the epidemic. President Xi has repeatedly given important instructions on prevention and control work, and personally held a meeting on the first day of the lunar New Year for redeployment and remobilization.”

He said China is willing to work with other countries in the world, including Nigeria, to respond to the epidemic actively.

According to him , fighting the spread of the epidemic is a common concern of the international community.

“China is willing to work with other countries in the world, including Nigeria, to respond to the epidemic actively. We have informed the World Health Organization, relevant countries and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan of the latest epidemic situation, and have shared information on virus gene sequences with all parties at the first time. We have taken the most comprehensive and rigorous containment and mitigation measures, and many of them go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations (2005). By doing so, China is not only protecting the health of its people, but also that of people around the world. Such efforts are fully recognized by many governments as well as the WHO. AS WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros said on several occasions, China deserves gratitude and respect for its efforts to contain the outbreak and that China’s experience is worth learning for other countries. As he sees it, China has in fact taken more measures to contain the outbreak than it is required to do in case of an emergency, and China is setting a new standard for outbreak response for other countries. We thank the international community, including Nigeria, for its full understanding and support for China.”

“Finally, I would like to echo what Dr. Tedros, the DG of WHO, pointed out last Thursday, “This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma,” he added.

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